New E.coli outbreak

Six children are in a serious condition in France with E.coli infections after eating meat thought to have come from Germany, where an outbreak of the bacteria has killed 37 people.

The children had eaten beefburgers made by French company SEB which said the meat was taken from animals slaughtered in three European countries and processed in France.

“There’s meat from Germany, there’s meat from Belgium and from Holland,” said SEB chief executive Guy Lamorlette.

Six children, aged between 20 months and eight years old, were taken to a hospital in Lille, northern France on Wednesday and one child was later released.

E.coli bacteria
E.coli bacteria

A seventh child was taken to hospital on Thursday.

A spokesman for the Regional Health Agency (ARS) said: “They are in a serious but not worrying state. Their lives are not at all in danger.”

The “Steak Country” burgers were bought in French branches of German supermarket Lidl.

SEB has recalled the burgers and Lidl said it had removed boxes from its shelves in France.

The outbreak comes on the heels of E.coli cases linked to contaminated bean sprouts which has killed 36 people in Germany and one in Sweden and sickened 3,300 people in 16 countries.

However, health authorities said they had not found a link at present with the previous cases.

One Reply to “New E.coli outbreak”

  1. Scientists have found that E. coli bacteria are more likely to develop antibiotic resistance when exposed to low level of antibiotics than to high concentrations that would kill the bacteria or inhibit their growth.

    E. coli bacteria in food and water supplies have been responsible for disease outbreaks and deaths around the world in recent years.

    The current outbreak in Europe has sickened thousands of individuals and caused multiple deaths and life-threatening complications in hundreds of persons infected with a new strain of E. coli.

    Bacterial resistance to commonly prescribed antibiotics is an enormous and growing problem, largely due to misuse of antibiotics to treat non-bacterial infections and environmental exposure of the bacteria to low levels of antibiotics used, for example, in agriculture.

    In the new study, the authors studied the mechanisms by which E. coli acquire resistance to three common antibiotics: amoxicillin, tetracycline, and enrofloxacin.

    They found that exposure to antibiotics at relatively low levels–below those needed to inhibit growth of the bacteria–are more likely to result in the development of antibiotic resistance.

    “Exposure to low levels of antibiotics therefore clearly poses most risk,” concluded the authors.

    The study was published in Microbial Drug Resistance.

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